Apart from windsurfing (and eating/drinking) the only other obvious thing to do in Ixia is sunbathe. The beaches here are quite narrow and pebbly, but there are sunbeds for hire at various locations and the obligatory tavernas behind the beach and watersport kiosks on them. We spent a while relaxing on the beach and paddling in the sea (we didn't have proper beachwear so we couldn't swim) and it was quite nice and relaxed. Despite the size if the Ixia resort the beaches seemed to be quite sparsely populated, certainly they were less packed than Tsambika and Kalithea.
The walk along the shore from Rhodes Town to Ixia took us about 2 hours in each direction. It starts off as a promenade cut into the rock face, between the rocks and the sea, and off this promenade are steps down to some little rocky coves. Further along it opens up and is between the road and the sea. Across the road are some differing architectures; some small beachfront houses in various states of repair; a mosque; shops; hotels... It changes as you walk along until eventually you come to Ixia proper and then it is wall to wall hotels, shops & tavernas.
This sculpture of seabirds is on the promenade section near to Rhodes town.
I'm not into windsurfing, but lots of people were. The sea was thick with windsurfers at Ixia, some of them moving very quickly indeed. In fact they were the fastest windsurfers I've seen. With Turkey just across the water I wondered if any surfers made the crossing, certainly some were so far out that they looked to be more than half way already.
We couldn't resist this place, it looked so nice and picturesque, just plonked by the beach at Ixia. We were welcomed warmly by the host who wondered where everyone else was. It was true, we were the only ones eating at that time. "Ah, the English", he said. "They prefer to bring their own food to the beach, they are so tight with their money". I'm not sure if he knew we were English or not, we were often mistaken for German/Dutch/Danish. Probably because we don't wear football shirts or have tattoos.
Favorite Dish: We just had snacks; cheese toasted sandwiches; greek salad; plate of melon.
We walked from Rhodes town to Ixia and back. In fact we ended up beyond Ixia, part way between there and Trianda. It was a lovely walk, following the sea shore for virtually the whole way and passing a variety of different architectures as we passed through areas of high and low development. The part of the promenade just as you leave Rhodes town is particularly nice, being landscaped into the rock face and lined with cacti and shrubs. Off the promenade there are steps down to small rocky coves where people took the opportunity to sunbathe. Some of them naked. (sorry, censored).
Whilst at the beach at Ixia this small fishing boat hauled up. A row boat went out to meet it and brought the catch back to shore, where they set up a stall from which to sell the fish. Now that's what I call fresh, literally just off the boat. Naturally we didn't buy anything, but it was an interesting and nice sight.
There are tons of shops lining the road at Ixia, ranging from quite decently large supermarkets down to tiny individual shops. a lot of the touristy shops sold these headscarf things that everyone seemed to be wearing. We thought they were quite cute so we joined the craze. Sue's has to be hand tied, mine's a cheat that is already shaped like a pirate hat.
What to buy: The aforementioned scarves.
Other souvenier type goods were in plentiful supply and were quite a bit cheaper than in Rhodes town. If you like to get this sort of stuff (Greek Delight, Halva, nuts, mastic, booze, ciggies) to take home, look for it here if you're in the area.